Showing posts from January, 2019

How to call a Java method from a JavaScript function in the browser

In this video I demonstrate how to call a Java method that runs in the server from a JavaScript function running in the web browser:

In short, you need a Java web application with the Vaadin dependencies (you can quickly create one here), a script file in the webapp/frontend/ directory and a Java class with a method annotated with @ClientCallable that sends an Element to the JavaScript function. The JavaScript function can use the $server object in the Element instance to call the annotated Java method.

Here's the code:

public class MainView extends Div {
    public MainView() {
                "someJavaScriptFunction($0)", getElement());

    public someJavaMethod(String message) {


function someJavaScriptFunction(element) {
    element.$server.someJavaMethod("Hello server!");

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Infinite lazy loading

Here's a short excerpt of Chapter 9 Lazy Loading of my book Data-Centric Applications with Vaadin 8.
Even though we have explained lazy loading by using the Grid component, we can use the same backend service method to implement custom UI components that support lazy loading. For example, you can use a VerticalLayout to add sets of, say, 10 components any time the user clicks a load more button at the bottom of the layout. In this case, you would need to keep track of the current offset and keep incrementing it until the service method returns less than 10 items.

The following is a simple UI component that shows how to implement this type of infinite lazy loading:
public class LazyLoadingVerticalLayout extends Composite {
    private CssLayout content = new CssLayout();     private Button button = new Button("Load more...");     private int offset;     private int pageSize;
    public LazyLoadingVerticalLayout(int pageSize) {         this.pageSize = pageSize;         button.setS…

Hello, World in Vaadin 10+

Vaadin is a set of tools to create web applications tailored to both, client-side and server-side developers. If you are, say, a JavaScript Developer, you can use Vaadin Components in any HTML document. If you are a Java Developer, you can use the provided Java API and forget about coding any HTML or JavaScript at all.

In this article, I'll show you how to create the famous Hello, World application using the Java Programming Language and Vaadin 12 (also valid for Vaadin 10 and 11). Get comfortable, make sure you have Maven installed, fire up your favorite IDE, and let's get started!
Start with a starter, obviously Go to and select Project Base. This is the most straightforward project starter and serves well as an initial point. Click Download and extract the zip file. You should get a directory with a Maven project in it. Import this project into your favorite IDE (mine is IntelliJ IDEA, by the way).

You should get a directory structure that lo…